(ReclaimingAmerica.net) – On Friday, President Joe Biden stated that he did not believe he had made any mistakes regarding the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, a process that resulted in the deaths of 13 American soldiers and injury to others. He spoke after the State Department shared a review of the chaotic departure that placed significant blame at the feet of the president and his administration.
Earlier, Biden had given a public speech about the Supreme Court’s decision to reject his $430 billion student loan forgiveness plan. As he was leaving the event, a reporter questioned him about his views on the Afghan withdrawal.
The reporter asked, “Mr. President, do you admit failure in Afghanistan? Mistakes? There was a — there was a report on Afghanistan withdrawal, saying there was failure, mistakes. Do you admit there were mistakes during the withdrawal and before?”
To which Biden turned back and replied, “No, no. All the evidence is coming back. Do you remember what I said about Afghanistan? I said al-Qaeda would not be there. I said it wouldn’t be there. I said we’d get help from the Taliban. What’s happening now? What’s going on? Read your press. I was right.”
Another reporter attempted to question him about the report further, but Biden left the room without responding.
This wasn’t the first time Biden had denied regret over the pullout, an operation that saw American officials, contractors, and citizens hastily depart as the Taliban quickly took control of Kabul and toppled the U.S.-supported government.
The report primarily analyzed actions taken by the State Department and criticized both the Trump and Biden administrations for not preparing for worst-case scenarios.
The timing of the State Department’s report, released on the Friday before the Fourth of July weekend, raised questions among reporters. They wondered if the release was intentionally scheduled to downplay the report’s findings.
To this point, no one has been held responsible for the hasty withdrawal, which led to the deaths of 13 U.S. soldiers and around 170 Afghans when a suicide bomber from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria targeted an airport gate during the frenzied evacuation.
Marine Staff Sergeant Tyler Vargas-Andrews testified to Congress that he and his colleagues had spotted the suicide bomber but were not granted authorization to intervene, as reported by Breitbart News.
Biden's Afghanistan catastrophe is widely considered the most disastrous American military blunder in recent history. https://t.co/goGdf6oQzy
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